Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Update On Menezes Murder

The NYT ran a story today headlined: London Inquiry Contradicts Police on Death Of a Suspect. The article refers to the killing of Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes, who was shot 7 times in the head and once in the arm by British police. It now appears that the officers followed him onto a train, although Menezes was unaware he was being followed; thus he was not fleeing arrest. Without any resistance from him at all, the police pinned his arms to his side and pumped his head full of bullets.

Right after this incident happened I surmised that something fishy had occurred. On 7/25 I wrote:

I’m going to go out on a limb here. It seems to me that the plainclothes British police who shot Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes, 27, did not act professionally. Reports are now indicating that Menezes was shot EIGHT times!—seven shots to the head, one in the shoulder. I’m no ballistics expert, but from what I understand, one shot to the head at close range with any caliber of gun will immediately incapacitate anybody. Certainly two or three will do the trick—pow, pow, pow, you know, a typical rapidly fired volley. But eight shots? Pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow. Count it off. Eight shots, pointblank range. Okay, he's dead. Obviously I do not know what was going through the “Bobbies” minds, and I was not present at the shooting, but the sheer volume of shots leads me to wonder if anger and rage might have played a role in the killing of Mr. Menezes. Were their minds clouded by anger and rage over the recent bombings? What motivated the shooting? Revenge?

The British have always been quick to condemn any and every Israeli counter-terror measure. But once they got a taste of what Israelis have been dealing with for decades, look at the reaction. The hypocrisy kills me. I wonder how British people would feel if the Israelis joined a vote in the UN that condemned the British police for their anti-terror actions? What control or authority does mayor Ken Livingstone have over the police in London? Maybe he should be tried for war crimes, or crimes against humanity, or extra-judicial execution? Or better yet, try him for being an anti-Semitic, Israel-hating twat.


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